I decided to book for Carmo's because a friend of mine had stayed there and told only good things about it and the same has happened with me. It is a unique kind of hotel and the best of all is that we don't feel like in a hotel but we feel like at a Home. All the books, the family pictures, the wines, the art painting and sculptures among so many other details standing perfectly all around: gorgeous and so special! The room was so beautiful and once again all the details so meticulously chosen, so Romantic!... We had a bubble bath prepared at the room with candles that will not ever be forgotten for sure. The dinner was very good as well as the breakfast. After dinner you must stay outside looking at the stars nearby the fireplace with a blanket and a glass of red wine! What a relaxing moment. The staff is very nice, attentive without being annoying and was very helpful.
It is a great choice for a getaway from the stressful life and specially for a Romantic stay. It should not be missed the opportunity to do a carriage walk as this region is so amazing! At Ponte de Lima the International Garden Festival is worth a visit and it is available almost all year. The Toy Museum is also so worth to visit and simply walk around this little oldest town is so nice. We also visited the equitation centre near the centre and loved it.
We are looking forward to go back to this unique hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carmo’s is a cosy, romantic and exclusive 15 rooms luxury Boutique Hotel at the Portuguese countryside. Situated at Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal, at the Heart of Porto and Minho Region, close to amazing cities like Porto, Braga, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Modern design from the Portuguese awarded Architect Carvalho Araújo. Very informal. The concrete chosen by the architect becomes affectionately involved in a dialogue between parts of Portuguese joinery in Pau-Santo, Ivory, Rosewood (Art-Déco and Indo-Portuguese Art) and ancient church pieces. Everywhere heaps of nostalgic bags from the '60s, tv sets, picture frames without paintings and modern paintings (Portuguese and International painters) casually on the floor beside the canopy bed. Sculptures may appear where you may less expect and most of them are from the Portuguese Dulce Moniz. Portuguese Silver pieces and Lalique crystals are also part of this interior design history. In a scenario of organized disorganization a restaurant, library and reception, in which every detail has been carefully designed! A book and a bottle of wine appeals to our senses. The Rooms are all different from each other. Linen Canopy beds with the finest cotton bed sheets with English embroidery. The beds it self are in Wild Silk, Satin, Velvet, Leather or Noble woods, all made by Portuguese artisans. Romantic, bright and delicately decorated creating an exclusive and refined luxurious atmosphere.A luxury private Aromatherapy Spa where the essential oils and 100% organic herbs are used with love and care and an exclusive Bath in 100% Pure Goat’s Milk in honor of Queen Cleopatra, who soon discovered the secret of rejuvenation. The night falls… the fire and a blanket wind up this romantic and surreal scenery at Ponte de Lima. A true Boutique Hotel Dali style as called by Arjan Mulder.Carmo’s… a place where the past, the modern and the cultural roots blend and coexist harmoniously. The Hotel distinguishes itself on tradition, history, exquisitely and respect for the environment.Carmo’s Programs:- Romantic- Honeymoon- Wellbeing and Rejuvenating (Divine Aromatherapy Spa)- Horseback riding experiences- Cultural, Wine and Gastronomic- Golf- Self made Experiences Also provide:- Transfer between Porto and Vigo’s airports- Workshops “Painting Ateliers”- Carriage Ride Tours by the river and at Ponte de Lima’s old centre- Ritual Aromatherapy Baths at the Room- Ponies and cocky animals at the Hotel- Visits to wine farm producers- Visits to cities around the Region from Spain to Oporto- Bicycles - Pampers and surprisesAll our 15 rooms are romantic, bright and delicately decorated creating an exclusive and refined luxurious atmosphere. Each one of them tells a different a unique story. All canopy beds. Finest cotton bed sheets with English embroidery. Carmo’s luxury djellaba and slippers. Flat screen TV (satellite),free wireless Internet access, 24 hours open pampering bar (Honesty Bar), personal safety deposit boxes, deep-soaking tub and glass shower, HVAC system ("Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning"). All windows open. ... more less
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